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A2 Hosting Features

  • 24/7 technical support
  • WordPress integration
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free solid state drives

A2 Hosting: Why Buy Hosting From Them?

  • Over 100,000 websites being hosted worldwide.
  • WhoIsHostingThis users rate A2 Hosting as 4.6 out of 5 – Outstanding.
a2hosting.com
Location:MI, USA
Founded:2003
Phone:1-888-546-8946
Address:A2 Hosting 2000 Hogback Road Suite 6 Ann Arbor, MI 48105 USA
Pros:
  • Money-back Guarantee
  • Free Backups with Server Rewind
  • 24/7 Support
Cons:
  • Backups not guaranteed

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High Powered Web Hosting For Your Unique Needs!

Are you a developer in need of a web host company that is capable of supporting all your endeavors? Looking for something that will support whatever tool it is you need, regardless of whether you know you need it today or not? If so, A2 Hosting might just be the option for you. The company prides itself as being the web hosting company by developers for developers, so regardless of which type of hosting (shared, VPS, dedicated) you need, you can find something that works with A2. Interested in cloud hosting options? A2 has you covered.

A2 Hosting's primary datacenter is in Michigan (which is also where the company's headquarters are located), but the company also has datacenters in Arizona. A2's overseas options include Europe (Amsterdam) and Asia (Singapore).

Types of hosting options available
types of hosting options avaiable. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

Shared Hosting Plans

A2 boasts that its shared hosting plans are fasting than its competitors. Additionally, A2 boasts 24/7 customer support for all subscribers, ultra-reliable servers (in fact, A2 is one of the few companies that offer an uptime guarantee to subscribers to its shared plans), unlimited resources, and free website migration.

Other features of A2's shared hosting plans include:

  • Support for PHP (multiple versions)
  • MySQL 5.6 databases
  • Support for PostgreSQL 9.4
  • Support for Python (2.6, 2.7, and 3.2)
  • Support for PERL 5.10
  • Support for Apache 2.2
  • Support for Node.js
  • FTP/SFTP access to your server environment
  • Free SSH access
  • Free (shared) SSL certificates with the option of purchasing and using your own private SSL certificate.

All shared plans come standard with free SSD storage to ensure top-notch performance. A2 also promises that you will see impressive speeds for your website due to the infrastructure on which it is hosted, as well as solid uptime.

Getting Started

If you are looking to get started with a cheapest web hosting plan from A2 Hosting, you'll begin by choosing the operating system of your server environment: Linux or Windows. Regardless of which option you choose, you will have three different plans, each offering a different allocation of resources (though you'll receive an unlimited amount, generally speaking) and feature set, from which you can choose. All, however, come standard with at least some premium offerings, such as SSD storage, as well as an uptime guarantee (you probably know that uptime guarantees are rare among shared plans) Please note, however, that Windows hosting plans are slightly more expensive than Linux hosting plans.

Shared hosting plan and options
Shared hosting plan and options. (Courtesy A2 Hosting.)

A2 Hosting offers a branded version of the popular cPanel Control Panel to customers purchasing a shared hosting plan, a managed VPS hosting plan, or a dedicated server. If you've purchased an unmanaged VPS hosting plan or an unmanaged dedicated server, you may add on a cPanel at additional charge.

The Lite Plan

The entry-level plan, which A2 calls its Lite option, gets you hosting for one website, use of five databases, unlimited SSD disk space, unlimited data transfer/bandwidth, and a free (shared) SSL certificate. You will manage your website with the included cPanel.

The Swift Plan

A2's most popular shared hosting plan is the Swift, which is the mid-range option. You will get hosting for as many websites as you would like, use of as many databases as necessary, unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth/data transfer, and a free (shared) SSL certificate. you will manage your website with the included cPanel.

This plan is very similar to the entry-level plan, but rather than offering your resources for a single website, you will get twice as many resources for as many websites as you would like to host.

The Turbo Plan

A2's high-end shared hosting plan, called the Turbo option, is very similar to the mid-range Swift plan, but you get extras designed to increase the performance of your websites. This includes hosting your site on A2's Turbo servers, which A2 claims increases the speed of your site by a factor of 20, as well as the A2 Site Accelerator.

Turbo servers allocate more resources to each individual users due to there being fewer users per server.

The A2 site accelerator is a cPanel plug-in that speeds up your site by providing pre-configured caching. More specifically, the included Turbo Cache caches the entire contents of your HTML pages so that it can be served without running PHP, OPcache/APC improves responses of pages that require the use of PHP, and Memcached increases the speed of your MySQL databases by keeping your mos important data in memory for quicker retrieval.

Need advanced hosting, but not comfortable with system administration? A2 Hosting has you covered!

VPS Hosting

For those who have outgrown their shared hosting plans or need better speeds for their websites, A2 offers both managed and unmanaged web hosting plans. Typically, moving up from a shared hosting plan to a VPS plan requires you to either gain the technical knowledge required to manage your server "slice" or hire someone with the necessary system administration experience. However, this is not the case -- you can opt for the managed VPS option and leave the system administration tasks up to the A2 team.

Like the shared hosting plans, you can choose to host your site on a Windows server or a Linux server, with Windows plans costing slightly more than its Linux counterparts. Regardless of which operating system you choose, there are three different VPS options from which you can choose:

  • Unmanaged: the managed VPS hosting plan is perfect for those who are developers or system administrators looking for a fully customizable, bare metal installation

  • Managed: the managed VPS hosting plan offers the full power of a VPS plan, but with the same user-friendly cPanel platform bundled with the shared hosting plans. It also comes with what A2 calls its 100% worry-free Host-Guard Management from the A2 Guru Crew Support team (which is available 24/7).

  • Core VPS: the Core VPS option is for those wanting a managed VPS plan, but with the addition of root access/administrative privileges. You will get worry-free support from A2, but you will also get complete control over your server environment

Dedicated Hosting

A2 offers both managed and unmanaged dedicated servers for those in search of web hosting for the fastest speeds and resource-intensive or highly-trafficked websites. Unlike many other web hosting providers, A2 offers consulting services for those who do not have the technical expertise or access to system administrators necessary for managing a dedicated server.

RAID Storage

For the purposes of data redundancy and performance improvement, managed VPS hosting plans and dedicated servers get RAID-10 storage. Managed dedicated servers also get upgradeable RAID 1 storage.

Refunds and Money Back Guarantees

If you purchase a web hosting option from A2 Hosting and you decide within 30 days that A2 is not the right option for you, you can take advantage of the money back guarantee and receive a full refund of all fees paid.

If, after the 30 day period has elapsed, you decide that you want to cancel your account and end your subscription, you can do so at any time. However, instead of receiving a full refund, you will only receive a pro-rated refund that is equivalent to the unused service for which you have already paid.

Uptime and Downtime

One of A2 Hosting's biggest selling points is its uptime and the reliability of its service. The company backs its claims with a 99.9% uptime commitment, and it strives to meet this promise by following the web hosting industry's best practices, using top-notch datacenters, and careful management of all servers.

With that said, there are two instances when the uptime commitment does not apply:

  • During routine maintenance and upgrade periods that are scheduled ahead of time

  • During outages that result from circumstances beyond the control of A2, including:

    1. Network conditions, such as issues occurring between you and your ISP
    2. DDoS or other malicious attacks against A2 Hosting's servers
    3. Issues arising from your ISP's network
    4. Browser-related caching issues
    5. Issues arising from your DNS settings.

If you see any downtime as a result of issues not related to the exclusions we explicitly listed above, and the downtime accounts for more than 0.1% of your total time that month, you will receive compensation from A2. This compensation is in the form of a service credit that is equal to 5% of the fees you paid for that month. You will receive one such service credit for each hour that your website is unreachable such that A2 doesn't meet it's 99.9% uptime guarantee. However, the maximum service credit you will get for missed uptime promises will be equal to the full amount you would have paid for that month for web hosting had you seen no outages.

Please note that, to receive service credits as compensation, your downtime must be confirmed by an A2 staff member.

Backups

You can use your cPanel Control Panel to manage partial backups of your website. You can, however, download a full backup of your website. To restores your website using a full backup, you'll need to provide a copy of your website to the A2 Hosting support team. There are no fees when requesting such services from A2.

Migration Policy

If your former web hosting provider supports cPanel, A2 Hosting can manage the migration on your behalf. Migrations are available for shared, manage VPS, and managed dedicated accounts, and this process typically takes less than 72 hours.

If your former web hosting provider did not use cPanels, A2 Hosting will manually manage the migration of one website and one database on your behalf, free of charge.

Though not required, A2 recommends that you allow an overlap of at least seven days between opening your A2 hosting account and closing your previous hosting account to minimize the downtime you might see during the transition process.

Transfer Speeds

A2 Hosting claims that it offers the fastest shared hosting plans around, but is this true? Well, yes and no.

First, to get the speeds promised by A2 (up to 20 times faster than those of its competitors), you will need to opt for the most expensive shared hosting plan -- the less expensive options, while offering quality features, do not get the bonuses that speed up your site to the extent claimed by A2.

There are two primary features that account for such lightning-fast transfer speeds:

  • Use of A2's Turbo Servers
  • Use of the A2 Site Accelerator.

Turbo Servers

First, all websites belonging to accounts subscribing to the Turbo plan are hosted on Turbo Servers. Turbo Servers are those that, by design, host fewer websites than the conventional servers used by A2 for other shared hosting customers. Because there are fewer websites hosted on a given server, each website potentially has access to a larger allocation of resources (we say potentially since shared plans, by nature, do not get strict resource usage limitations). More resources available = faster speeds.

A2 Site Accelerator

Caching is a tried-and-true method for increasing website speeds. The A2 Site Accelerator is a cPanel plugin offered to Turbo subscribers that gets you pre-configured caching for your applications. There are three primary caching options:

  • Turbo Cache caches the entire contents of an HTML page so that it can be served without running PHP on the server -- calling PHP on the server can potentially slow down you website and decrease page load speeds
  • OPcache/APC is designed to cut response time for PHP pages in half
  • Memcached increases the speed of your MySQL databases by keeping your most important and frequently used data in memory for the fastest retrieval possible.

Using CloudFlare CDN

One of the ways you can improve the speed and performance of your website is to use a content delivery network (CDN) to ensure that your visitors are served by the server that is located the closest to them, minimizing the amount of time it takes for data to get where it needs to go.

When hosting with A2, you will get use of CloudFlare, a commonly used CDN, for your website free of charge. A2 claims that a website using CloudFlare sees 200% faster page loads, uses 60% less bandwidth, and is more secure.

There are two ways to activate your CloudFlare CDN:

  • Using the CloudFlare cPanel plugin
  • Signing up on CloudFlare's website.

If you decide to use CloudFlare's cPanel plugin, you can easily enable and disable CloudFlare for your domains and subdomains using your A2 cPanel environment.

If you decide to activate using CloudFlare's website, you will need to use the CloudFlare site to manage all of your settings. With this option, you cannot use the A2 cPanel to manage your CDN.

Reseller Hosting Plans

A2 offers reseller hosting plans for those looking to get into the web hosting business themselves. A2 allows you to choose between Windows and Linux options, and there are four different reseller plans from which you can choose (regardless of which operating system you choose to use).

All reseller accounts (with the exception of the entry-level options) come with a free item of your choice: a license for WHMCS or a license for Blesta (both are billing options for reseller web hosts). If you would like a more robust WHMCS option than the free version that comes with all but the cheapest plan, you can upgrade to a premium WHMCS package.

SSL Certificates

There are two different ways you can get private SSL certificates from A2 Hosting.

First, if you have purchased a shared or reseller hosting package, you can opt for Let's Encrypt, an SSL solution applied to your site that provides you with enhanced security. Users with Managed VPS Plans and Managed Dedicated Servers can also use Let's Encrypt, but they will have to have a dedicated IP address as well.

The other option is to purchase an SSL certificate from A2 Hosting. A2 offers three types of SSL certificates for sale:

  • Single Site - works on a single site with one domain name
  • Wildcard - works on all pages of a given site, including sub-domains
  • Advanced - works across multiple websites, each with its own domain name.

Website Builders

A2 Hosting does not offer its own website builder, but it offers shared hosting packages that come with support for a wide variety of website builders that you can purchase from the distributors and use.

Carbonfund.org

A2 takes its duty and commitment to the environment seriously. In addition to being 100% carbon neutral in its day-to-day operations, A2 Hosting is a proud partner of Carbonfund.org, which is a leading organization dedicated to battling global climate change. Since 2007, A2 Hosting has supported Carbonfund.org's reforestation efforts and development of clean, renewable sources of energy.

Behind the Scenes

Immediately after logging in to your A2 Hosting account, you will be redirected to a dashboard landing page where you can manage everything relevant to your website, include the A2 services to which you subscribe, your domain names, and account billing.

A2's back-end dashboard
A2's back-end dashboard. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

Account Management

You can easily manage the settings for all of your A2 hosting accounts and domain names using the dashboard. You can also upgrade or downgrade your plans if necessary, as well as manage your billing-related settings.

If you need to share access to your account, you can do so under the Developer Access section. This means that multiple people can manage your website without you having to share credentials to the master account that has the permissions to control things like billing and developer access itself.

Domain Names and Website Transfers

A2 Hosting allows you to transfer domains owned by other providers and migrate websites hosted elsewhere. You can initiate either of these actions using the control panel area.

Support

You will notice that support-related content and links are prevalent on your dashboard. In addition to the Support PIN that is prominently displayed in the top-left corner, there are two hyperlinks in the navigation toolbar that you can use if you need help.

First, there is the Support tab, which allows you to:

  • View your existing and open new support tickets
  • See records of (and request) website migrations
  • Check the status of A2's servers, as well as whether there have been any instances of service interruptions over the past few days (this is important, especially given the uptime guarantee requires you to report downtime to receive compensation)
  • Navigate to the knowledgebase
  • Navigate to the notification center, where you can customize the service-related notifications you receive from A2
  • Navigate to the A2 company blog, where you can read about all things web hosting and web design.

Second, there is the Open Ticket tab which, contrary to what its name suggests, leads you to the Client Area. In this area, you can:

  • Submit a sales ticket if you have questions about future purchases
  • Submit a hosting question if you are having a problem with your account
  • Submit questions to either the Support or Billing teams that are not related to an existing domain name or hosting account.

You can access a record of all tickets you have created and submitted using the left-hand navigation bar. Your tickets are separated based on the teams to which your question(s) were routed.

cPanels

From the dashboard, you can launch the cPanel for your website; if you are hosting multiple websites with A2 hosting, you will see a list of cPanels available for your use on the dashboard home page.

A2's cPanel
A2's cPanel. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

On the right-hand side of the cPanel is a panel of information relating to your account. It includes information on things like your domain name, as well as statistics on how much of your account's allocation of resources you have used. These statistics include resource use based on how you have configured and built your website, as well as resource use based on the traffic levels you are seeing on your site at the moment.

cPanel showing resource usage
cPanel showing resoure usage. (Courtesy A2 Hosting.)

The primary management area, which comprises the left and middle portions of the cPanel, allows you to do things like:

  • Manage your files
  • Install scripts that extend the feature set and functionality of your website using Softaculous, an app installer that works with cPanels
  • Access staging features for your website
  • Create, manage, and optimize your website's databases
  • Handle your domains and subdomains
  • Control the email accounts associated with this particular website/domain name
  • Access metrics on user visits, including frequency and length of stay
  • Secure your site by setting up security suites and applying SSL certificates.

More advanced features available include software that supports programming languages and website optimization and caching.

Customer Support and Customer Service

If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can get in touch with the A2 Guru Crew Support team 24/7 via A2's internal ticketing system, Skype, telephone, or live chat. This is also the method by which you take advantage of the uptime guarantee -- you will need to report any downtime incidents to the Guru Crew.

Ways to contact A2
Ways to contact A2. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

If you're interested in self-help resources, A2 maintains in robust and in-depth knowledgebase. The homepage for the knowledgebase contains links to FAQ pages based on topic, as well as links to hhelpful, frequently-used articles. Furthermore, the knowledgebase is easily searchable (a necessity, since the website's navigation is lacking -- there are just too many articles to be found for any other method to be super efficient).

Support Page
A2 Support Page. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

If You Like This Host, Also Look At...

HostGator, SiteGround, and BlueHost.

Many people who consider A2 Hosting also consider HostGator. How do these two companies match up?

Price

When comparing the prices for shared hosting plans, we looked at how much you would pay if:

  • You received no discounts
  • You paid on a monthly basis (and therefore received no discounts due to opting for and paying upfront for an extended contract).

With these considerations in mind, A2 Hosting comes out ahead no matter which shared hosting plan you choose.

Please note that you can save a lot of money on your purchase of a web hosting plan by combining a discount code or coupon code with paying upfront for an extended contract. Generally speaking, doing this still results in A2 Hosting being the cheaper of the two options.

Performance

Both companies claim that their shared hosting plans perform well, but only A2 Hosting offers the option to place your websites on servers that, despite being shared, are dedicated to hosting fewer websites than a traditional shared server. You have to pay for this option, but at least you have this option. HostGator doesn't offer anything comparable. SSD is also not an SSD host.

Technical Support and Customer Service

Both companies offer 24/7 technical support. A2 Hosting offers a slightly more robust knowledgebase. A2 offers an uptime guarantee with most packages.

Refunds and Money Back Guarantees

HostGator offers a slightly longer money back guarantee for new users: 45 days. A2 Hosting only offers a 30 day money back guarantee.

However, after this initial period, only A2 Hosting offers refunds for any unused service that you've already paid for (this is especially nice if you've opted for an extended contract upfront in exchange for lower prices on a monthly basis).

Furthermore, A2 Hosting offers refunds even on its VPS and dedicated server options. This is not the case with HostGator.

Features and Functionality

If you're tech savvy, and you need a speedy web host that supports the latest and greatest technology, as well as bundling premium offerings (such as SSD storage) with even the most basic packages, then A2 Hosting is the company for you.

If, however, you're looking for an easy-to-use product that comes with a website builder so you can get up and running with as little hassle as possible (and uptime isn't as big a concern for you), then HostGator is the company for you.

BlueHost

BlueHost Logo
Bluehost Logo. (Courtesy of Bluehost.)

You've probably heard of BlueHost: it's one of the most popular web hosting services around. It powers over 2 million websites on the internet -- and this is not for no reason. In addition to being inexpensive and easy to use, its products integrate well with WordPress, which is one of the most popular content management system (CMS) today. BlueHost offers nearly as many options as A2 Hosting, but BlueHost aims more toward those looking for an easy-to-use solution.

SiteGround

SiteGround Logo
SiteGround Logo. (Courtesy of SiteGournd.)

Founded in 2004, SiteGround is a provider of premium-level hosting backed by excellent support and top-tier infrastructure. While SiteGround was once run out of university dorm rooms, it is now one of the leading providers of web hosting services, managing five data centers (located in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Milan, and Singapore), employing 400 people, and managing over 500,000 domains. If A2 is too "techy" for you, but BlueHost is too restrictive, consider SiteGround.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Can I use A2 Hosting even if I'm not a developer?

Answer: Yes! A2 boasts a developer-friendly set of features, but that doesn't mean that you can use its products if you're not a developer. You might find the learning curve when it comes to A2 a bit steeper than with other web hosts, though.

List of some developer-oriented options A2 supports
List of some developer-oriented options A2 supports. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

Question: What types of consulting services does A2 Hosting offer?

Answer: In addition to offering web hosting packages, A2 can help you with (and has the features to support) things like auction-based e-commerce, blogging, live chat solutions, integrations with content management systems (CMS), integrations with customer relationship management (CRM) suites, e-commerce in general, website security, and other niche hosting needs.

A2 Hosting Quick Overview

Specializations

  • Uptime Guarantee
  • Developer-Friendly Hosting Options
  • "Green" Hosting.

Plans starting at...

$3.92 per month using coupon code flash51.

Migration Policy

Free, easy transfer (especially from hosts using cPanels).

Control Panel

cPanel Control Panel included with select packages.

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days.

Sitebuilder Included?

No.

Datacenters

Michigan, Arizona, Amsterdam, Singapore.

Pros and Cons

What are the upsides to using A2 Hosting? What are the downsides?

Pros Cons
Flexibility
Uptime Guarantee
Developer-Friendly
Complex
Not PCI-Compliant

Want more detail? Read on the find out!

Pros

Flexibility: A2 strives to support as many technologies, software platforms, integrations, and so on as possible, so you're most likely able to use whatever tools and products you've selected with your web hosting plan.

Uptime Guarantee: if uptime and reliability is a major concern of yours, A2 is one of the few hosts who offer such a guarantee, even to those on shared hosting plans

Developer-Friendly: The entire A2 platform is extensible, so you'll be able to integrate all of the tools you currently use with your website, no matter how complex or obscure. If, for some reason, A2 doesn't currently offer support for an integration that you need, you can open a support ticket and request a feature enhancement from the A2 development team.

Cons

Complexity: A2 offers a lot of options, which can be overwhelming for someone looking for a simple, easy to use webhost without a lot of distractions. Developer-friendly, in some senses, is inherently the opposite of "hassle-free" and "very easy to use."

Not PCI Compliant: while this limitation can easily be rectified by integrating with a secure shopping cart solution, some creators of online stores may prefer a web host that is, by default, PCI compliant and therefore requires no additional work when setting up an online store for e-commerce.

Room for Improvement

No web hosting company is perfect, and A2 Hosting is not the exception. Here are some features we would like to see improved/areas of weakness:

  • No website builder: we understand that A2 offers products created by developers, for developers, but we think there is a time and place for website builders. First, just because someone knows how to program does not mean it is the optimal use of their time. Second, website builders are great ways to get the scaffolding of a website up and running in no time flat. This leaves the webmaster with time to customize the site and not worry about initial issues like layout and design.

  • Overwhelming Number of Options: A2 Hosting's options are infinitely flexible, so you are likely to find something that fits your needs and has the features you want. However, if you are just getting started and you are not completely sure which option sold by A2 is right for you, the multitude of options will likely result in decision fatigue.

  • Free migrations...with a catch: if you are moving a website to A2 Hosting, and your previous web host provider offered you a cPanel to manage your site, your migration process will likely be easier. If not, you will need to enlist the assistance of the A2 team. The A2 team claims that they will manage the migration process on your behalf, but you are limited to requesting assistance with only one non-cPanel website.

For A2 Hosting's target demographic, these issues we mentioned probably will not matter. However, if you are less comfortable with server technology, these are items to keep in mind when considering whether A2 Hosting is the right option for you or not.

Is A2 Hosting Right for You?

A2 and how it stands out from its peers
A2 and how it stands out from its peers. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

If you are a developer or system administrator comfortable with the management of servers, you will find that A2 Hosting offers excellent deals, especially when you consider the number of features that come with a typical plan.

However, if you are not, you might still find A2 useful. Its shared options are a great choice, and as your site grows and you begin to upgrade to VPS plans or dedicated servers, you can add consulting services to your package so that what you are purchasing is, essentially, a high-powered server that is managed by A2. You can certainly gain administrative access to your server, but you are not the one responsible for day-to-day operations, routine maintenance, and server fixes if any issues pop up.

A2 Solutions offerings
A2 Solutions Offerings. (Courtesy of A2 Hosting.)

Finally, A2 Hosting's uptime agreements (yes, even the shared plans come with uptime guarantees) mean that you can rest assured that your site is available as much as possible.

Last updated: 2018-04-19

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A2 Hosting provide an excellent service in all respects. This includes: (1) a high-spec infrastructure (eg SSDs, choice of hosting centers) with many extra features bundled into the contract (eg automatic server-based backup, anti-virus protection, etc); (2) superb technical support accessible/delivered in a number of ways (eg high quality self-service knowledge base, online chat & a real person helpline); (3) support staff who are responsive, knowledgeable & patient; (4) efficient billing support in resolving issues (eg moving domain billing between accounts); and (5) good value-for-money for a quality product. In fact A2 Hosting's service has been so consistently good over that past two years I have moved my company's web services account to them.

 
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I recently requested a cPanel migration and I the process went very smoothly. The issues I found were actually my own, and nothing to do with A2 Hosting. Eac email interaction was answered quickly and with the needed information.

Additionally, the overall time frame to have the process done far exceeded my expectations taking less then 1/2 the time I was originally told. Great job A2 Hosting!

 
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I'm an A2 Hosting customer for almost a year now. As a technical consultant myself I'm really nitpicky about IT services. A2 Hosting is the best I've came across so far based on tons of testings and deployments around (I've benched up to 10 providers before)
What seduce(s)|de me:
• Clear and simple pricing
• Limited but more performant offers
• CPanel-powered features
• Advanced functions
• Billing made easy
• Tons of services and features if you need

The support is rock solid and very available, I had one major DNS incident related to a subdomain, the team has been able to resolve.

I also love their Ssd-powered servers, their integration with CloudFlare and the advanced DNS features you can play with. Finally, they have excellent uptime and latencies worldwide. If I had some cons:
• Sometimes the support just doesn't treat the tickets, and no news, but it's very rare (less than 5% of my tickets)
• No PHP caching on shared servers (opcache, etc...)

Definitely a company I recommend

 

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the help by chat is fast and efficient. I had to wait only a few seconds, and the support by ticket is also fast. The answers were made before the date expected.

The migration from another provider is fast and free. I had no problems with the cpanel migration, and all the sites are working fine after that. I think that this service is one of the best, I am very glad to have chosen them.

 
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A few months ago I was looking to sign up to a hosting account with fast servers and solid state drives and came across A2 Hosting. I did not even have to pay extra for the SSD, it was included at a discounted price I received. Also their seamless integration with Cloudflare was very good, their servers were fast and optimized for speed.

It was really everything their sales pitch is advertising. One thing that I liked most about them is they do quite a lot to combat hacking attacks to their servers. I was with another hosting company and lost on site that was a big money earner for me and they tried to place the blame on me, no apologies for the weak security measures they had in place, so I’m very happy with A2 Hosting.

One other thing they have and which I signed up for was an affiliate/referral program where you receive $100(might be different now) for a new sign up. I have already received some cash.

 
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A2 Hosting is very responsive to my problems. I had a problem come up and their initial suggestion for a solution did not solve all of my needs, so they escalated the issue and quickly found a solution that met all my needs. I really appreciate that they continued to work on the issue and resolved it so quickly.

 
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A2 Hosting is no joke. This has been an excellent find for a technically inclined web server administrator like myself looking for a reliable, unmanaged VPS. They are a full-service shop, and their support staff has been knowledgeable and quick to help.

Also, true to their word, their assistance has been available to me 24/7, extending even into the holiday and weekend. Thank you!!

 
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A2 Hosting's performance and features are great. Let's Encrypt certificates are appealing. My experience with the support department has been positive.

Reliability has been terrible. So much so I may have to ask for a refund and leave them. We've only been with A2 Hosting for two weeks or so.

A few of my own sites and about 20 client sites. We've been down more in the past week than in the last 2+ years with other hosts. They say the cause is DDoS attacks which, conveniently for them, are exempt from their uptime guarantee.

The real and SEO reputation damage to my and my clients' businesses is too high to tolerate their seeming inability to prevent DDoS attacks if that is indeed the problem. Beyond that, it is expensive to be working on content and have the site go down or have a customer filling out a form and not be able to submit it because A2 Hosting's entire network becomes unavailable. I have a lot of empathy for engineers working on problems like A2 Hosting is facing.

But they've been fighting DDoS for a long time now and it isn't getting better. I should've paid more attention to the mention of this in other reviews before moving over. They need a new approach.

 
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I have used A2 Hosting for a couple of years now and have been slowly moving all of my hosting to them. I recently had an issue that was due to my setting something up incorrectly. Robert got back to me within an hour and had already fixed the problem. A very quick turn around; Great service as always.

 
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My WordPress sites kept going down and I didn't know why. I was worried that I would have to switch hosting providers. But A2 Hosting provided fast, friendly reply and an effective resolution to the issue the very first time I contacted them about it - even though it was 1 am! This reconfirms my opinion that this hosting company is the best!

 
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Absolutely incredible. Moved over to A2 Hosting from GoDaddy, and couldn't be happier. Really solid tech support team, high speed servers, and great customer service.

Also, the website is incredibly easy to navigate, and they provide amazing guides that have made my life so much easier. Moreover, they go above & beyond the call of duty to help you troubleshoot any issues you may have. They've even managed to fix some things on my site that my developers overlooked, so they're not only hosting gurus, but also web gurus. Highly recommended.

 
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All good, nothing negative to say, support is very fast, all problems are solved in a very short time, if you get it when a big discount is available you can get it for 3 years at a very affordable price . I commend it without any reservation, go for it . Fast

 
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I find A2 Hosting provides rapid response to any queries and accurate information. I have several sites with A2 Hosting one of which has over 75gb. I have moved three sites to A2 Hosting and am in the process of moving another.

These involve a number of domain names. All members of A2 Hosting's team are always friendly and helpful.

 
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Been with A2 Hosting over a year now after leaving Liquid Web when they restructured for the worse. A2 Hosting is in a geographically stable location (Ann Arbor, MI), as I avoid coastal locations like Florida or anything near a vault line...like California. Their SSD hosting is very fast and plays well with most any CMS and CDN.

Support is superb. Highly recommended.

 
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A2 Hosting totally rocks!! I am a novice in building website but A2 Hosting was there all the way to help me and now my website is up and running. I couldn't believe that they were available 24/7 and they respond speedily with my every questions or issues. I would highly recommend A2 Hosting to everyone.

 
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A2 Hosting Turbo is super fast and so reliable. We host large events where the client goes from Registration to Hotel Booking, purchasing, classroom choices all in one visit, and schedule checking, without any delay. A2 Hosting holds true to their Turbo Promise of 99.9% guarantee.

A2 Hosting a good all-round choice, offering plenty of room for your website to improve and grow. A2 Hosting a good all-round choice, offering plenty of room for us to improve and grow. Thank you A2 Hosting

 
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I have worked with many professional web hosting companies since 1997. A2 Hosting is the best so far and I believe they are the best. Excellent customer support, reliable servers, fair prices, and all the features you will ever need.

I highly recommend everybody to work with them. Just go ahead and try. you will never regret it.

 
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I switched to A2 Hosting after reading a positive review at ***, and I don't regret my decision. Very fast and helpful customer service. Problems can happen everywhere, so it's important to be able to talk to someone who can fix them.

Clean and well organized cPanel, no bloatware or ads. After years with Bluecough, this is a breath of fresh air. Hoping to keep my business here for many years to come.

 
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Maybe this is your situation. You are unhappy after your hosting company sold to a bigger hosting company. That's wasn't a problem really, but when support starts to lack and lack.

Are they actually receiving my support tickets because they haven't replied in 7 days? Service goes down time after time and your clients think its Your fault. Every time you say "we need to move" but you don't because it seems like it would be a hassle and where can you find hosting that was as good as your current hosting used to be before they were sold?.

You sit out the storm, but the storm doesn't stop. Your current hosting provider starts changing what made your hosting so great. They...

change...everything. What's left? Besides unhappy clients that do not care.

They just want their website to work. So we research and finally give A2 Hosting a shot. But not all at once.

We start with 1 basic plan and move 1 website... wow, that was easy... oh and look, they have all these features and capabilities....oh my gosh, this worked!

Let's move another website. Bang! Uh oh, I have a question...

Wow, support replied within less than a day for that problem. Holy cow! We are migrating away from our current hosting since they have become less than satisfactory for our needs.

A2 Hosting has been a dream come true. Anyone needing hosting that Site5 used to be, we have been overjoyed by the services, ease of use, support and the over delivering we have experienced from them.

 
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This guys stand toe to toe with any great web hosting company out there. They have an efficient support team thats very responsive and know what they are doing. Yep!

they kept their word. Its really fast and have never had any downtime so far. Its such a huge relief to never have to worry about buying SSL certificate for my site.

But I dont think its necessary for now. Simple and intuitive cpanel navigation. If you ask me, I will say, so far so good. Keep up the good work guys.

 
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Fast support response. Clear answers. Nice easy to configure Wordpress installation with some out of the box security enhancements.

Switched from another host which I thought was OK until I checked into A2 Hosting. So many more features for the price and excellent customer service. Old host seems antiquated compared to A2 Hosting.

 
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I was nice to see a review sites that does the classic meaning of rocks and A2 Hosting rocks! Submitting billing sales or technical support tickets is a breeze and very easy and the response time is usually within 30 to 60 minutes of time. Uptime has Bennett 100% on my side for one solid year. Scheduled maintenance is to keep server sites running efficiently does not factor in to my 100% at all it doesn't really matter it's necessary.

 
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Excellent service as usual even though they were under a ddos attack thanks for the help. They told the truth about what was happening and then they went into the site and fixed other problems that were slowing it down. They were very patient and walked me through the steps on how the plug in worked

 
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Very profesional and fast respond. Always solving my issues in matter of minutes! great team in A2 Hosting.

Also very satisfied in my hosting plan! Fast, safe, and easy to handle. Not sure what to say more. Fast, Safe, Easy - A 2 Hosting

Sincerely A 2 hosting user - Milan from Podgorica, Montenegro

 
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The support team were very responsive & they were able to handle issues that I were having especially with regards to WordPress problems. Best support I've had from a hosting company thus far as opposed to others that I've used in the past. Only wished A2 Hosting's pricing would come down a little for their domain pricing.

 
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I am SO glad I moved from my previous hosting company to A2 Hosting! The difference in customer service is night and day. I am a newbie in this area and I ask what are probably dumb questions, though not once did any of the customer service personnel at A2 Hosting show me nothing but patience, or fail to resolve the issue.

I highly recommend these guys and in fact have already gotten a friend who is a professional web developer to move over. She too is happy she did.

 
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My choice for hosting after testing around 30 different providers. Faster servers, fast,friendly and very knowledge support. SSD Servers that make any website load lightning fast,A2 Hosting support team has great knowledge and could support and give solution to any issue I had so far. Their slogan "Our speed, your success" is 100% real.

 
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I had switched my hosting to A2 Hosting after researching them and decided they would offer me a suitable hosting package. I had some issues with making the switch and also with redirects - http/https/.co.uk/com. The tech team gave very good advice and clear information to get this resolved.

They follow up an answered ticket support after 48 hours just to make sure all is still on track. I do recommend A2 Hosting for hosting. John

 
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Worst hosting Ever, worst experience. A2 Hosting's support is the worst in ALL hosting. They reply the ticket within 24 hours no matter what kinds of question.

It is ridiculous. Also, they are NOT able to the issue. You never know if your issue are cared or ignored, because no one reply you.

It is like the zombie company. If you are serious for Your Site, keep away from this hosting. If you plan to use the service, go to church first to let god bless your site run well, or NO one would help you.

 
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A2 Hosting rocks so far. Support is great migration was easy and staff is super helpful. Thanks Jason urls you sent....

allowed me to see. sites before DNS transfer A must ! Thanks so much for making the effort to figure this out it made all the difference. WAY better than BlueHost which sucks now and other small host I was using briefly.

 
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Good. Answers getting from tickets take a little while but I cannot reach on online chat many times, it did seem that people were so busy, even one of them was happy opening a chat with me but did not answer me. So I have to contact through contact form.

 
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You can trust A2 Hosting. We have all features that we need for manage 30+ websites from different clients. Best feature is backup.

From other hostings that we had this in best. We have hosting on ssd, all is setup, you just add new websites and manage. If we have a problem support give a fast reply and if is a hard question they connect us with special team and help with most of the questions.

Help to protect from viruses attacks and other stuff. Once one of our website had a lot of requests and support team prevent us, and we manage this situation.

 
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I have only been with A2 Hosting for 2 1/2 months but so far I am happy I selected them. If this site will allow it and, especially if, there are significant changes in service, I will update this review. I tested my divinewiz.com site and the speed was twice as fast as my previous host.

So far I've had 100% up time with an average 0 .12 connect time. There's a good chance that I might sign up for A2 Hosting's affiliate program; although I have a wellness website. Regardless, I will always keep it real as long as I am allowed to continue updating my review.

Support only gets four stars because the support staff are helpful but I once waited 7 minutes in their queue before hanging up. The average time seems to be 5 minutes for phone support. They encourage tickets over phone support. The two tickets that I have submitted so far were handled within 24 hours.

 
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I moved from SG to A2 Hosting just a bit over a month ago. Given the alleged reputation of SG I was surprised to see my satisfaction improve on all counts. Automatic procedures actually work, 1st line support does not give you insane answers to simple questions, 2nd line support is a bit slower than SG but they actually provide help and even offer to do additional help, my uptime is suddenly 100% (measured over one month) and my time-to-first-byte improved with no less than 20%! A2 Hosting is just excellent!

 
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A2 Hosting support team are very very reliable and dependable, they never leave any problem unsolved and they always reply on time to every support ticket. This is the best support team have encountered online, Thanks very much for your relentless support to your client. I love the Guru's and the hosting plan is affordable

 
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They're Very personable and answered all of my questions. Being an American company with American support was a BIG part of the decision to use their service! Yes there are cheaper options with other companies.

However, being able to talk to someone, a Human... AND that person be a Native English speaker at anytime, makes all the difference!

 
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Full service hosting provider. Great prices, great support, plenty of tools to accomplish almost anything. They make maintaining my site very easy.

The support team responds quickly and gives excellent service. They follow through until the issue has been resolved. Website has been very stable with few problems. I would definitely choose them again.

 
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A2 Hosting has always been very fast to respond to my emails. Within the same day usually. This is now my second website through them and I am about to do a third.

They are the best hosting service I have ever gone through and plan to go through. Always very informational and have always fixed my problem right away with their knowledge.

 
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Simple, down time has been just a bit shy of 24 hours at one time, another over 6 hours and web/email goes down about every day here and there. Support offered to refund me the prorated difference for the downtime if I would stay with them otherwise no, and we are talking not even a dollar. Neah they can keep their cheap sorry about this or that, almost 24 hours without service isn't the 99.9% uptime they claim to be so committed to, they will break their agreement with what they sell you and couldn't care less.

 
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A2 Hosting website hosting rocks for me as I got website hosting for two years with big cut price. Overall desirable for the charge I paid for it. Used web hosting for two years till now & no hassle for me.

As soon as got a malware problem & they fixed as quickly as contacted guide. Every so often there's some down time of hosting. They have exceptional style control panel for website hosting. However I really like it the manner it is.

 
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Their response time blows the chart! The quality of service from their customer is what impressed me the most.Impressive and something I'll love to see continue. Excellent server speed and easy site migration; something that has endeared me to their site.

I have followed this guys from sites like stacksocial.com and have never looked for another web hosting company. Once again Thank you for all your efforts and patience. .

 
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You have a prompt reply to customers complaints, though I wasn't a seasoned Internet pro, I was just starting out with my first and... website, your professional staff assisted me in every step of the way. You guys are there 24/7 to assist with any aspect of hosting experience.

Keep it up, but I will advice that you make more effort to cut short the length of time you keep your customer on phone (especially those of us from Africa), before he is directed to the right staff to attend to him. All the same you guys are good.

 
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I have been with A2 Hosting for around 1 year. I have a shared package with them the Swift package. Never had any problems hosted multiple domains and service is good.

The support team is also good and they provide quick response. On the whole it's a good shared package. Recommended for people looking for budget multi domain web hosting.

 
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I love A2 Hosting, easy to use control panel and very cheap subscription. Besides that comes with a lot of features, for example auto installer comes with a lot of options for blogging, ecommerce, forums, etc. In the past, I had had some problems regarding the load speed of page, but with A2 Hosting works just fine. I truly recommend it!

 
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I have had nothing but issues at SiteGround and that's how I found A2 Hosting. These guys totally rock, I have never had this level of support from a host before. They even fixed WooCommerce code!

That was really going over and beyond. They totally deliver and are easy to understand. Bottom line you won't be sorry with A2 Hosting as long as they don't sell out to a bigger host.

 
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I keep referring people to A2 Hosting, and now have been using them for any new client sites when they allow me to choose the host. Great speed, price, and each time I have needed support they have been top notch. If you need web hosting, look no further. If you need anything from simple website hosting to more complex dedicated server solutions they can get you covered.

 
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Having been with A2 Hosting for a year now, they have proven themselves to be the best hosting service I've used in the last 20 years. Their services and support are 2nd to none in my experience with the 4 other hosting companies I've used over the years. Their online support system is very effective, whether you're using the knowledge base articles or submitting a help ticket.

I've always gotten the right answer within 24 hours. And if you need to talk with someone, they always answer the phone, speak clear English (because they are based in the U.S.) and have knowledgeable people on staff. Al this makes their pricing competitive and reasonable.

You must check them out if you want a reliable web host. Many thanks to A2 Hosting. Keep up the good work.

 
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The Support of A2 Hosting is awesome. I had several questions while setting up my site. The helped even if it took 1 hour to solve the problem and even if it was a technical WP questions which wasn't related to hosting at all.

Speed is crucial to me and it's blazing at A2 Hosting. Prices are really low as well, you can upgrade depending on what you need. Furthermore the use cpanel, which makes it really easy to manage your account!

Cloudflare is added for free as well which is a quite handy CDN! Thank you A2 Hosting you're awesome lol! :)

 
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I started with A2 Hosting not very long ago as a test. I wanted to host my own site but also to have a point of reference for my customers. I believe that the key point when offering services is customer support.

That's the differentiating factor about A2 Hosting. When you surround high quality services with good prices and excellent support then you have a winning combination. Tickets I have opened were handled almost instantly.

Regardless of the source of the issue (myself, external factors, maintenance) they are always very informative and eager to assist. Thank you guys at A2 Hosting. Keep up the good work.

 
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I migrated to A2 Hosting after being a BlueHost customer for several years. The reason I migrated was simple - I wasn't satisfied with the speeds I was getting, plus Bluehost had a nasty habit of making the price higher every year for existing customers. So I Googled "fast hosting" and A2 Hosting was among the results.

When I read about their SSD option and saw the price for the first year (and I was sure to check the regular price), I decided to migrate. Now I've been with A2 Hosting for almost a year and I'm happy with their service for the most part. My websites are a lot faster and I love the A2 Hosting optimized WordPress installation.

Had to contact Support a couple of times and they always replied very quickly and solved my problems. I guess the only problem with A2 Hosting is that I'm getting more downtime than with Bluehost. But it doesn't last more than a couple of minutes. Just wish it didn't happen at all.

 
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I had been with another hosting company for about 10 years. Sadly, they were getting a little behind the times with their offerings. So, I started shopping around.

I read reviews and talked with sales agents from several hosting companies. Since I had 2 projects for 2 different clients, I decided to try the 2 companies that looked the best to me. After going through the whole process of opening a new account, taking care of domain names, and setting up the website, I have no reservations about saying A2 Hosting provided the best customer service, tech support, best control panel, fastest servers, and overall ease of use.

Overall, they do provide a very good value for the services they provide. I'm definitely a happy camper with A2 Hosting.

 
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I have been handling hosting as a reseller for about 17 years now so I am in a good position to give comments on hosting providers. I am taking the time to write this because A2 Hosting stands out and is worth recognition in my mind. My first and most important observation is their amazing customer service.

I am impressed and pleased with the very short wait time, the professionalism of the tech support and most of all the very personalized type of interaction they provide. My second observation is that A2 Hosting gives superior bang for the buck. By this I mean if you look at their cPanel features, their allotted disk space and bandwidth for what the monthly fees are this is one very good deal money wise.

I would also like to detail a recent issue where we were doing battle with a PHP Redirect A problem in one client site. Although it is not within their responsibility or duty A2 Hosting went the extra mile to work closely with us to get the problem fully eradicated from our clients site. In another example A2 Hosting went the extra mile to collaborate with us on issues regarding a local server Microsoft Exchange problem with a client of ours so that we could get their DNS zones worked out so that their mail would be up and running smoothly.

What does all this mean?... Whether you are a reseller like me or simply in need of good hosting I would not hesitate to recommend you to give A2 Hosting a try. I do not believe you will be disappointed. Mark Guertin - Impact Social Media - Lee's Summit, MO.

 
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I subscribed with A2 Hosting after reading a review describing them as a favorable alternative to other low priced web hosts. A2 Hosting promised speed, great uptime and 24/7/365 support. They have not delivered.

They were unable to offer any assistance or advice unless I was willing to transfer my entire re-seller site, with 40+ domains on it. I had wanted to set up one site only, to see whether A2 Hosting would be right for me. (Thankfully I did not agree to transfer more than one)

A2 Hosting's promises of 24/7/365 support is a fantasy, as I waited hours to receive replies to simple queries. The 'support gurus' did not seem to read my queries, and when they did reply, their answers seemed to be computer generated stock phrases and links, not related to what I was asking.

My impression is that there is a mass exodus away from some host sites at the moment, and A2 Hosting has got more exposure than it can deal with. They seem to be unable to cope with providing any useful customer service at all, and a web host that cares nothing for its customers is not worth keeping. (I am in the process of asking for my money back)

 

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Unlimited Unlimited $3.92/month
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  • Dedicated IP
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Unlimited Unlimited $4.90/month
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  • Dedicated IP
  • Python
  • Linux
Unlimited Unlimited $9.31/month
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Start Cloud VPS Cloud
  • WordPress
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  • Gentoo
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  • Fedora
  • Ubuntu
10GB 2TB $15.00/month
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Entry VPS VPS
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  • Gentoo
  • LAMP
  • Fedora
  • Ubuntu
20GB 2TB $5.00/month
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Mid VPS VPS
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Gentoo
  • Fedora
  • Ubuntu
  • Shell Access
30GB 2TB $10.00/month
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  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Gentoo
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50GB 2TB $15.00/month
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Power+ Managed VPS VPS
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Gentoo
  • LAMP
  • Java
  • VPS
75GB 2TB $32.99/month
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  • WordPress
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  • Gentoo
  • Java
  • VPS
  • PostgreSQL
100GB 3TB $46.19/month
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  • WordPress
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  • PostgreSQL
150GB 4TB $65.99/month
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Managed Dedicated Server Dedicated
  • WordPress
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  • Java
  • WHM
  • PostgreSQL
1000GB 10TB $141.09/month
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  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Gentoo
  • Fedora
  • Dedicated Server
  • Ubuntu
1000GB 10TB $99.59/month
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  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Debian
  • WHM
  • PostgreSQL
  • Dedicated IP
60GB 600GB $13.19/month
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  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Debian
  • WHM
  • PostgreSQL
  • Dedicated IP
100GB 1000GB $18.47/month
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Gold Reseller Reseller
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Debian
  • WHM
  • PostgreSQL
  • Dedicated IP
130GB 1300GB $24.41/month
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Windows Reseller Bronze Reseller
  • ASP
  • ASP.NET
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Plesk
  • MSSQL
30GB 400GB $14.51/month
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Windows Lite Shared
  • ASP
  • ASP.NET
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Plesk
  • MSSQL
Unlimited Unlimited $4.90/month
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Windows Power+ VPS
  • ASP
  • ASP.NET
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • .NET Framework
  • Plesk
75GB 2TB $36.29/month
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A2 Hosting Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is A2 Hosting located?

    The company is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

  • Does A2 Hosting sell dedicated servers?

    Yes it does. You can choose an unmanaged and managed dedicated server.

  • Is reseller hosting available?

    Yes. A number of reseller options are available.

  • Can I buy a VPS package from A2 Hosting?

    Yes. Choose from managed VPS, unmanaged VPS, or cloud hosting services.

  • Will my hosting plan come with a free domain?

    No. A2 Hosting does not issue free domains.

  • Is there a money-back guarantee?

    A2 Hosting provides a 30-day money back guarantee. After the initial 30-day period, you can cancel any time and receive a prorated refund.

  • Does A2 Hosting offer phone support?

    Yes. Support is available 24/7 by phone, and by live chat too.

  • Where are A2 Hosting's servers located?

    Its main datacenter is in Southfield, Michigan in the United States. It also uses facilities in Amsterdam and Singapore.

  • What programming languages are supported?

    A2 Hosting supports PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python, Ruby, and Perl.

  • Is cPanel provided?

    Yes. cPanel is provided on all plans.

  • What payment options does A2 Hosting accept?

    It accepts major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. It also accepts PayPal, 2Checkout, bank transfer, PayU Latam (selected countries), Skrill, check, and money order.

  • Does A2 Hosting allow customers to pay monthly?

    Yes. You can pay monthly with no ongoing contract.

  • Can I get help transferring from my old host?

    If your old host provides cPanel, A2 Hosting will transfer your data free of charge. If your old host does not provide cPanel, you will need to handle the migration yourself.

  • Can I host multiple websites on one account?

    Most plans allow you to do this. The exception is the cheapest shared hosting plan, which is only designed for one website.

  • Is there a sitebuilder tool?

    Yes. A2 Hosting provides a free website building tool with all hosting packages.

  • Does A2 Hosting provide an uptime guarantee?

    Yes. There is a 99.9% uptime guarantee, backed by a service credit for downtime exceeding that figure.

  • What is the backup policy at A2 Hosting?

    Backups are provisioned automatically on managed hosting accounts. On all other accounts, you should make your own arrangements to ensure your data is backed up.

  • Does A2 Hosting support Magento?

    Magento is fully supported. The host will migrate your Magento site if your previous host provided cPanel.

  • Is A2 Hosting suitable for an e-commerce site with SSL?

    A2 Hosting offers e-commerce and SSL support, including the ability to purchase an SSL certificate. It recommends that customers also buy a dedicated IP address. More details are available in its help documentation.

  • Are there any special security features with hosting accounts?

    A2 Hosting has a Perpetual Security initiative. As part of this, it offers HackScan, a security scanner that helps to detect and block hacks before they can damage a site.

  • Are there any CDN services on offer?

    CloudFlare CDN is provided on all plans for free.

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